2007 Barrel Club Blue Heron Meritage
Meritage symbolizes the winemakers art of blending the classic Bordeaux grape varieties grown in America. This blend was panel selected by the members: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. For added complexity, the barrels were coopered from a combination of forest regions: Nevers, Allier, and Troncais. It starts with a beautiful deep garnet hue and spicy nose followed by a burst of full-bodied black cherry and plum undertones, with a creamy smooth and lingering finish. Extremely well-balanced. This vintage is a limited production.
Residual Sugar: 0.0% Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
You will love if you drink……Big reds, Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
What is a “Meritage”? The Meritage Association was formed in 1988 by a small group of Napa Valley, California vintners increasingly frustrated by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations stipulating wines contain at least 75% of a specific grape to be labeled as that varietal. As interest grew in creating Bordeaux-style wines, which by their blended nature fail to qualify for varietal status, members sought to create a recognizable name for their high-quality blended wines.
Although many people, including many wine experts, have a tendency to Frenchify the word "Meritage" by pronouncing its last syllable with a "zh" sound, as in "garage," the Meritage Alliance specifically states that the word should be pronounced to rhyme with "heritage." – As taken from Wikipedia
Cheese Pairings: Goat cheese, toasted nuts, Parmesan
Food Pairings: Grilled meats, Pasta with red sauce, chocolate, duck